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MSantoine
Post #1
Tuesday September 16, 2014 11:53am

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Not sure if anyone else has paid much attention but figured I'd post this update anyways. Bradley, as the first American coach in a top european league has led Stabek, newly promoted, to safely in the mid table in his first year. With only 7 games left in the season he has his guys 9 points above the relegation line. Also they don't play Mole, Rosenberg, Odd, Stromsgodset, or Valerga again (top 3 teams and 5 of top 6). They are 12 points from a europe spot so that likely wont happen but taking a newly promoted team to mid table in your first year of coaching in europe is pretty impressive. It definitely shines a good light on American coaches.

Rey Regicide
Post #2
Tuesday September 16, 2014 12:27pm

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Unfortunately reputation is more important than results. Bradley is churning out points and safety, but the press views him as an antiquated conservative no frills coach. That's a label he acquired here as well.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #3
Tuesday September 16, 2014 4:05pm

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If reports are to be believed, Toronto FC are going to make an offer to Bob Bradley that will make it hard for him to turn down. A Multi million dollar contract as the Head coach and Director of soccer.

hamsamwich
Post #4
Tuesday September 16, 2014 4:18pm

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Normally it's the father getting his son a job. Good for Bob but bad for the rest of MLS.

tylercocinas
Post #5
Tuesday September 16, 2014 5:03pm

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I don't think he comes back. Bob Bradley doesn't seem like the kind of person to leave a job unfinished. Just look at his response to the Port Said tragedy in Egypt. He could've bolted but he stayed and saw the job through until the end.

I know Staebek are not the wealthiest club but I would love to see him have an opportunity to invest more resources into player acquisitions. His system is definitely conservative, but the players currently at his disposal aren't exactly world beaters either.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #6
Tuesday September 16, 2014 5:29pm

Joined Jun 2012
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Original post from MSantoine

Not sure if anyone else has paid much attention but figured I'd post this update anyways. Bradley, as the first American coach in a top european league has led Stabek, newly promoted, to safely in the mid table in his first year. With only 7 games left in the season he has his guys 9 points above the relegation line. Also they don't play Mole, Rosenberg, Odd, Stromsgodset, or Valerga again (top 3 teams and 5 of top 6). They are 12 points from a europe spot so that likely wont happen but taking a newly promoted team to mid table in your first year of coaching in europe is pretty impressive. It definitely shines a good light on American coaches.


So now Norway is a top Euro league because Bradley is doing well in it?

MSantoine
Post #7
Tuesday September 16, 2014 7:41pm

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Original post from richieJkulesaNY

So now Norway is a top Euro league because Bradley is doing well in it?


By top I meant highest division in the country. I would have said first division but then you could be confused since usually 1st division is 2nd tier (behind premier league). Norway is no where near a top league in europe and neither is Ireland (where an american coach is leading Cork City to Europa league and will be first American coach in that competition ever he he returns next season).

dolcem
Post #8
Tuesday October 20, 2015 7:39pm

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http://www.sbisoccer.com/2015/10/bradley-adva...

Did you guys read about this? I think it's a good move. It brings him one step closer to managing in a top European league...hopefully he can get them promoted or do well enough to get hired by a better Ligue 2 (or 1) team. I didn't think anyone from Bob's generation could make it to a top European league but I hope to be proven wrong.
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skangles
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Post #9
Wednesday October 21, 2015 1:44am

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I admit I was firmly in the fire Bradley camp in 2011 and since then I have been a huge fan of his work. What he did in Egypt was ridiculous and had Egypt qualified he'd have a feature film about his legacy.

I care less about the "American in a top European league" narrative than most. To me Bob is a really gifted international level coach. Bizarrely, I don't think that the US was the best fit for him. He does exceptionally well performing in adverse situations. We saw it time and time again with the US where we would fall behind early and claw our way back into the game. Egypt was a great fit for him and if he were to return to region, I would be nervous about facing a Bob Bradley led fringe team (i.e Guatemala, T&T, Panama or Canada). That's his strength in my opinion. If he wants to challenge himself with European domestic leagues good on him but to me he is a real threat at the international level.

dolcem
Post #10
Wednesday October 21, 2015 7:22pm

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Original post from skangles

I admit I was firmly in the fire Bradley camp in 2011 and since then I have been a huge fan of his work. What he did in Egypt was ridiculous and had Egypt qualified he'd have a feature film about his legacy.

I care less about the "American in a top European league" narrative than most. To me Bob is a really gifted international level coach. Bizarrely, I don't think that the US was the best fit for him. He does exceptionally well performing in adverse situations. We saw it time and time again with the US where we would fall behind early and claw our way back into the game. Egypt was a great fit for him and if he were to return to region, I would be nervous about facing a Bob Bradley led fringe team (i.e Guatemala, T&T, Panama or Canada). That's his strength in my opinion. If he wants to challenge himself with European domestic leagues good on him but to me he is a real threat at the international level.


I agree 100%. I was always a big critic of Coach Bob but in retrospect, he is better than I gave him credit for. I think the thing with Bob is that what he lacks on the footballing side of things (not his fault, his formation as a player and coach took place in the NCAA in an era before soccer was on TV and when no Americans played abroad), he makes up for with his personal qualities. He's a natural-born leader that can inspire his players and manage a locker room. I hope he ends up in Ligue 1 or the Premier League some day. He is good at building teams with a tough mentality that are difficult to beat. I, too, would be very nervous about playing against, say, Jamaica under Coach Bob. Teams like that don't need a tactical genius (they're going to be playing simple soccer anyway), they need someone who knows how to lead a group in the face of adversity. Who better in CONCACAF than Coach Bob?
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